On teachers strike

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers in any country. And teachers are an extremely important facet of any society for a number of reasons and their role in society is both significant and valuable. The recent sit-down strike by a group of teachers called- Teachers For Change (TFC) was not only disturbing by a great loss to the country, owing to the fact that time of the essence.

Parts of their demands included pay rise, issuing of identity card, no delay in the payment of their allowances and also timely payment of their provincial hardship allowances. It’s been weeks now since schools resumed in the country and some of the teachers were on sit-down strike, while the academic year was in progress.

Despite efforts by the government to address their concerns, challenges still persist. The United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation estimate that the world needs 69 million teachers if the global objective of universal primary and secondary education is to be achieved by 2030. Looking at this number much is still needed to ensure that these objectives are met.

However, we must understand that this new government needs a breathing space. Teachers should understand that it is not all demands that need to be addressed overnight. Give government time to respond to their demands. Teaching is a noble profession and they deserve better treatment. Embarking on sit-down strike is not the solution, as that would make things more complicated and cost the country millions of dalasis. Remember that any hour you spend outside classroom could have been utilized towards meeting government SDGs in universal and quality education

Nation building calls for collective effort to realise our common objective. Together we can make The Gambia a great nation!

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. ”

Brad Henry